The director of the film adaptation of The Time Machine (2002) was H.G. Wells’ great-grandson. He was also a consultant for the future scenes in Back to the Future II.
Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937 when America was in the throes of the Great Depression with the promise that buyers could feed a family of four for 19 cents. Kraft sold 8 million boxes of its quick-and-easy macaroni and cheese the first year.
Yoshie Shiratori escaped Japanese prison 4 times. The first time he picked some simple locks, the next time he climbed up a wall and broke a skylight, the next time he dislocated his joints to escape through a small hole, and lastly he dug a hole with a bowl.
Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice had a pet snake named Emily Spinach. She liked to carry it around the White House in her purse and take it out at unexpected moments.
The majority of Baywatch fans were female. 65% of its fans were women between the ages of 18 and 34. Focus groups revealed that women liked the show’s strong, independent women who were heroic, saved lives, and treated as equal to men.
Paul McCartney let a stranger claiming to be Jesus Christ sit in on a Beatles recording session in 1967. McCartney figured, “Well, it probably isn’t. But if he is, I’m not going to be the one to turn him away.”
There was an experiment where three people, who each believed they were Jesus Christ, were made roommates at a psychiatric ward. At first, they argued over who was holiest and even fistfought. Eventually, each patient wrote the other two off as being crazy.
Payless once opened a fake luxury store called “Palessi” and invited influencers to see how much people would pay for $20 shoes. Top offer: $640. A markup of 1800%.
In 1921 a Danish geologist discovered a tiny island on the northern coast of Greenland and named it “Kaffeklubben Island” after an informal academic club held at the Copenhagen Mineralogical Museum. He didn’t know that he had just named the northernmost point of land on Earth after a coffee club.
In 1958, industrial designer Sara Little Turnbull was hired by 3M to design a new bra cup. She ended up designing the N95 respirator.